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March is National Social Worker Month

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In 1984, the White House officially proclaimed March as National Social Worker Month to recognize the ways that Social Workers improve the lives of families and individuals. Soon after receiving a degree in Human Services at the Williamsport Area Community College, now the Pennsylvania College of Technology, I had the opportunity to work with adolescents, then for thirteen years, as a Social Worker, Activity Director, and Volunteer Coordinator for a local nursing facility. 

I chose this field out of a desire to help people. I had very close relationships with my grandmothers and soon learned that I enjoyed working with seniors. During my employment at the nursing facility I assisted families and residents in making the transition and adjustment. I worked with Volunteers and outside organizations to plan and provide opportunities for socialization, recreation and spirituality.  Some of my fondest memories include dressing up for the theme parties, such as 50’s Day with a local band and “Elvis” and Western Day when a staff member brought her horse. I loved to see our Residents laugh.

I have been a Case Manager with Marshall, Parker & Weber for the past twelve years. Providing support and guidance to my clients throughout the changes in their lives is so rewarding. Many of the skills I used as a Social Worker I am happy to use today. 

Pictured above is Suzanne Brown with mother-in-law Jewell